Where to book this London Restaurant Festival

For some, October is the month of sobriety or the devouring of goatflesh. Me, I’m excited about London Restaurant Festival, which celebrates London’s status as an overstuffed cornucopia of gastronomy. There are the usual events (the restaurant-hopping tours are especially good fun), and special deals via partner site Bookatable. I’ve had a browse and picked out what I think are the best deals in town, but you can see all the available offers here.

Jones Family Project, Shoreditch
This Shoreditch steakhouse is well-known for its Sunday roasts (seriously, they’re amazing) but it’s running a mean deal this October every day of the week. Annoyingly, there are only two options for the main course and one (the steak) comes with a £5 supplement, but it’s still tremendous value.

The deal: Amuse bouche plus two courses and a glass of Malbec for £25, or three courses for £30. £5 additional supplement if you go for the steak over the salmon for your main course. Menu here.

Image credit: Jones Family Project

Searcys at the Gherkin, Liverpool Street
My last post was a review of Searcys and my overall conclusion was: good, unbelievable views, but my goodness, bloody expensive. The LRF menu is a really accessible way to try it yourself.

The deal: £32 for two courses and a cocktail at lunch (or £37 at dinner). Menu here.

Roast, Borough
Another dining room with a view – it’s like sitting in a giant bird cage above Borough Market, so ask for a window seat. I went a few weeks ago and was really impressed with the food, especially considering it’s in such a touristy spot. It’s one of the most generously endowed menus too, with four options per course.

The deal: £30 for three courses and a glass of prosecco. Menu here.

Sardine, Old Street
Frenchish restaurant Sardine has four star reviews from food critics Marina O’Loughlin and Fay Maschler and has just appeared on Time Out’s Top 100 Restaurants list, but it’s not one for picky eaters as the menu has only two options for starters and mains, and one for pudding. At this price, though, you can’t really complain.

The deal: £22.50 for three courses and a cocktail. Menu here.

Photo credit: Sardine

Foxlow, Clerkenwell (also Soho, Balham and Chiswick)
Foxlow, from the guys behind Hawksmoor, is doing an impossibly cheap menu through October in its four restaurants. It has not, however, said what’s on it. For £12 though, I reckon it’s worth the risk. And, because it’s Foxlow, by ‘risk’ I mean ‘DELICIOUS SURPRISE’.

The deal: Who knows man, who knows. But it’s twelve quid.

Photo credit: Foxlow

Picture Fitzrovia (also Marylebone)
I LOVE Picture. The food is fantastic and they are so accommodating for dietary deviants (I once went with a veggie and a dairy-free pescaterian and they did separate tasting menus PRINTED OUT and everything. That is service.) Review here.

The deal: £40 for 6 courses and a cocktail.

Heliot Steak House, Leicester Square
The astonishingly not-shit steakhouse secreted inside Leicester Square’s Hippodrome casino does really, really good USDA beef. Mains on the very meat-heavy menu include sirloin steak, lamb shank and fillet of sea bass. Review here.

The deal: £30 for three courses and a glass of champagne. Menu here.

Photo credit: Bookatable

Ormer, Mayfair
I’ve said a few times that Ormer was my favourite restaurant of 2016. I’ve been five times now, which must be some sort of record. Don’t miss the Camembert with salted caramel for pudding. Review here.

The deal: £35 for three courses, a glass of champagne and petit fours (inevitably to take away, because you will be stuffed). Menu here.

Yauatcha City, Liverpool Street
You can’t go at peak times but this may be one of my favourite deals this year: you get a cocktail or glass of wine, a mountain of dim sum, a main of your choice, sides and a couple of Yauatcha Patisserie’s award-winning macarons. Review of its Soho sister restaurant here.

The deal: All of the above for £34. Menu here.

Header image credit: Jade Nina Sarkhel for Picture.

Author: Emily Gibson

Emily is an urban adventurer, blogger and glutton foodie on an epic quest to uncover the best things to eat, drink and do in London. She lives in Islington and loves ceviche, cycling and magic shows. Lifelong nemeses include beetroot, beards and wine served in tumblers.